novato real estate: The State of Novato Real Estate Market, Now and Then - 05/29/12 01:13 AM
The buzz on the local market since the end of last year, although gingerly made, has been that we might have hit the bottom of the market, and are on our way to crawl out of that black hole.
As we held our breath while watching the market during the past five months, we became cautiously optimistic about the market – the Feds declared they plan to hold the interest rate down, the Congress is finding ways to encourage/enable underwater homeowners to stay in their homes, the banks are learning from their mistakes, streamlining short sale processes as well as not … (0 comments)

novato real estate: The Book Place - The Little Book Store that Can in Marin County - 12/18/11 10:16 PM
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Just when you think you know everything about Novato, that’s when you find out you missed something important.  The Book Place is a perfect example of such a gem in Novato!   
For people who think there is no book store in Novato, the Book Place is a hidden treasure yet to be discovered by many even though it has been in Novato for the past 16 years, with the last 9 on Grant Avenue near Seventh Street.        
With books in every category — fiction, nonfiction, history, science, autobiography, military, cookbooks, … (6 comments)

novato real estate: Refinance while Underwater? HARP Expanded to Reach More Borrowers - 10/31/11 04:00 AM
A ray of hope has just been offered to some homeowners with properties that are seriously upside down, according to the California Association of Realtors. 
In order to help a broader range of distressed homeowners and offer relief to the housing market, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Oct. 24 that the mortgage relief program HARP — the Home Affordable Refinance Program — has just been expanded.
Per FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped approximately 9 million families refinance into a lower cost or more sustainable mortgage product, approximately 10 percent of those via HARP. HARP is unique … (1 comments)

novato real estate: Carbon Monoxide Act will Save Lives - 09/03/11 06:08 AM
According to the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.  The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that carbon monoxide – the “silent killer” – kills approximately 500 people each year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide.
Carbon monoxide is emitted in small amounts from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and other appliances, but, if working improperly, those appliances can slowly and subtly produce toxic amounts. 
Depending on the exposure, carbon monoxide poisoning can have either short term or long term effect and can include mild acute poisoning such as lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, vertigo, … (4 comments)

novato real estate: Thank You for believinig In and Standing Up for Novato Students - 06/26/11 04:59 PM
This was originally posted on May 21, 2011
While dramas are playing out on different stages, and emotions run high in Novato causing much debate and anguish among Novatans on issues related to safety, schools and the city, a handful of volunteers quietly ran one of the most successful fundraisers for Novato schools.
With 257 registered riders from 16 public schools and 2344 donors; the Tour of Novato and FunFair fundraiser, held on one glorious April day, raised over $93,000 for Novato public schools!
It was quite an amazing sight witnessing the excitement going on around the registration table.  Riders … (6 comments)

novato real estate: Nature Lover's Dream Home on over 1/3 Acre. Unique Bahia Home backs to Open Space. - 04/25/11 07:07 PM

novato real estate: Private Paradise in Partridge Knolls, Luxury Home, Panoramic View, on 3.8 Acre, - 04/25/11 06:43 PM
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novato real estate: Coveted Rolling Hills Area - Immaculate Custom Single Story Home, Beautifully Landscaped - 04/13/11 03:44 AM

novato real estate: Winter Spare the Air Day in Marin County 12/12 - 12/11/10 05:44 PM
Courtsey of Spare the Air in the San Francisco Bay Area Tomorrow, 12/12, Sunday, is the Winter Spare the Air Day.
Winter Spare the Air The Winter Spare the Air program notifies residents when particulate matter levels are anticipated to be unhealthy. On these high pollution days, the Air District will issue a Winter Spare the Air Alert which prohibits wood burning throughout the Bay Area. Spare the Air in the Winter The Winter Spare the Air program notifies Bay Area residents when particulate levels are anticipated to be unhealthy. 
In the wintertime, particulate matter — especially particulate matter 2.5 microns … (0 comments)

novato real estate: Christmas House, a great tradition for locals and vistors alike in Marin County - 12/11/10 11:58 AM
Tis the season to be jolly, and what more fun than go out and search for amazing Christmas lights in the neighborhood to celebrate the season; an event enjoyed by people with all faiths; kids and adults alike!
Moving to Novato, Marin, CA 11 years ago; with kids then in elementary schools; we were immediately introduced to the 'Christmas House' in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. 
Eveybody asked:"Have you seen the Christmast House?", "You can't miss that". "Can you believe that they do this every year?"    If one does not go, one has not lived here in Novato!
We went, and the Christmas … (2 comments)

novato real estate: Marin County Property Tax Deadline is Friday, December 10th - 12/05/10 11:01 AM
Are you like most of the other property owners who like to wait until the last day to pay your property tax? The deadline for payment of the first installment of the 2010-11 county property tax bill is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.
Payments must be postmarked by Friday or delivered to the tax collector's office at the Civic Center no later than 5 p.m. that day to avoid a 10-percent penalty.
Property taxes may be paid online at or by phone at 800-985-7277 with either a credit card or electronic funds transfer.
The second tax payment is due April 10.
For more … (2 comments)

novato real estate: Fabulous San Marin Executive Home, 2900+sf, 4Beds/3Baths, View, Garden. Great Location! - 10/21/10 09:16 AM
Fabulous location in covented Greystone Gardens in San Marin neighborhood is sited on a quite cul de sac with views of surrounding hills. 
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San Marin Executive home on a quite cul-de-sac.  Great Location!
Bright, open floor plan, formal living and dining room has cathedral ceiling and oversized windows to bring sunshine in.  Great room as kitchen with breakfast area and large breakfast bar which open to cozy family room with beautiful fireplace, build-in work station and shelves.  
Granite kitchen with gas burners, build-in overn, microwave, dishwasher and disposal. 
walk accross upstairs balcony … (1 comments)

novato real estate: REDUCED! Bel Marin Keys! 1932sf, Updated Home, Backs to Wild Land. Bay Access. Boat Parking - 09/03/10 08:44 AM

novato real estate: Elegant Single Story Vineyard Home and Legal Cottage on 1/2+ Acre. Pool/SPA, Gorgeous View of Novato Hills!!! - 08/24/10 06:13 AM

novato real estate: Single Story Home on 0.30+/- Acre. Huge Corner Lot, Great Potential - 08/22/10 04:09 AM
1285 Yukon Way, Novato, CA
Diamond in the Rough!  Single story, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1790sf on 0.30+/- acre,home on oversized corner lot in a tranquil, centrally located neighborhood has huge upside potential!
 Living room with brick fireplace opens to dining area.  Oversized windows and sliders bring sunshine in.   Huge den with exposed beam ceiling, wood paneling, oversized sliders and built in shelves has a lot of charm and opens to back patio.  Hardwood floors in living/dining, hallway and three bedrooms. 
Ceiling Fans.  Double pane windows and oversized sliders.  Huge brick fireplace and forced Air Heating.  
One car garage converted to … (0 comments)

novato real estate: Novato, Marin County Morning Star Farm Equestrian Center - 08/07/10 05:02 PM
Novato is famous for horse properties; along with that, a few reputable Equestrian Centers.
Morning Star Farm is on the way to the two listings I have on Vineyard Road. Another nice area with horse properties, hills, trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding..
Gorgeous setting.  This is also on the way to my two listings (  and on Vineyard, also famous for horse properties with another equestrian center at the end of Vineyard.


novato real estate: Novato, Marin County, San Marin, Immaculate, Bright Custom Tri-Level Home, on 1/3 Acres, Beautiful Garden - 08/06/10 03:26 PM

novato real estate: Bel Marin Keys, Novato, Backs up to Open Space, 2 Boat Dock Parking Right - 08/06/10 03:11 PM

novato real estate: Living Green? Small Space? Consider these Highly Efficient Furniture - 07/29/10 12:12 PM
According to Kentfield, Marin county Architect, Sarah Robinson, an Alumni of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; that Being Green is not just to tear down and build from scratch but it's about "Seeing the untapped potential that already exists."
"Green Living" is not limited to only use 'Green' products such as energy efficient appliances, water saving faucets, shower heads, toilets, bamboo flooring, recycled water, drought resistant plants, solar energy, double/triple paned windows, reuse building material, no VOC paint, and such.
Today, a friend of my shared a video of space saving furniture, which I thought would fit in nicely with green minded, … (11 comments)

novato real estate: San Marin 2010 Classic Car Exposition, Novato, Marin - 06/07/10 08:24 PM
San Marin Improvement Association (SMIA - ), a north Novato neighborhood of 1,700+ homes just north and south of San Marin Drive in Novato, hosted it's 4th annual Classic Car Exposition on May 22, 2010.
SMIA is a neighborhood association formed to safeguard San Marin neighborhood and to build community relationships through social event.
Some of the SMIA's accomplishments are:  
Purchase and protect Mt. Burdell, which is now a designated Open Space in Marin County Fend off building plans / zonings that do not agree with the neighborhood (recent accomplishment - the redeisn of the lot on the corner of San Marin Drive … (1 comments)